We were having a pleasent Sunday evening with my wife watching film when we heard some one weird noice like some one was shooting with automatic weapon.... Turned out there was some one at our land ladys door banging it. I opened window and ask if I could help him. He said that the roof is on fire! He had noticed smoke and saw an empty house with lights off and tried to knock on the door. Our landlady was not home and we were busy watching war movie in the dark and burning our 19th century fire place. When Joe didnt get any response he had called fire department. If you read this Joe Thank you again. I didn't open a door for you because there are lots of crazy people out there.
Fire department came and checked out our fire place. My wife gave them some Korvapuusti-pastries she had made (they were still warm). That was some action for tonight. What did I lear? The reason why there was so much smoke coming from our chimney... because we had just thrown woods over coals that were barely burning -> so the woods didn't caught fire but rather emitted a lot of smoke.
Another thing I took out of this episode? The neigbourhood watch is working. I guess it is either because people care or because people care for their own property. About ten years ago there was a big fire in Oakland/Berkeley hills. Hundrets of houses were destroyed.